|The Gothic interior of Cologne Cathedral in Germany|
|The Tomb of the Three Kings|
Continuation and completion of the building soon became a matter of national interest to the Germans.
Then, in 1842 King Friedrich Wilhelm IV laid the foundation stone marking the start & continuation of building works, once again.
The Cathedral was finally completed in 1880 – in accordance with the plan originating from the Middle Ages – in a record time of just 38 years.
Nowadays, in this era of peace, the main factors affecting the Cathedral are only weather and environmental influences.
Presently, over 80 stonemasons, glaziers, roofers and other specialists are constantly at work on the maintenance and restoration of the Cologne Cathedral, preserving it for future generations to come.
The stone mass seems to rise – almost weightlessly up to the 43 meter – high, Baldachin-style arches.
In the northern side nave, the light shines through five spectacular glass windows, which stem from the later years of Cologne glass paintings.
(I don’t mean to be rude, but it looked like an Iphone screen to me!)
(I ❤ Iphones, btw!)
These five spectacular glass windows complete with beautiful paints, date all the way back to the year: 1507!
Gerhard Richter, an artist living in Cologne, created a new work of art out of endless colored squares covering the 100 meter squared area, which is in tune with the visions of the master builders from the Middle Ages.
|Colorful Mosaic squares on painted glass in the Cologne Cathedral|
The moment the first rays of the sun hit these windows and started to penetrate the glass…let me tell you – Okay, I don’t know what to tell you…but I felt I was already dead, experiencing heaven for the first time.
It was a truly beautiful and magnificent sight to behold!!
|When sunlight shines through, the Kölner Dom is transformed into a colorful, underwater psychedelic dream!|
The old, yet grand & majestic interior of the cathedral was painted with more colors than a rainbow has, charming the place back to life.
Dumbstruck in awe at the beauty of holiness, I have never felt this sense of inner peace before.
(It even made me stop for a moment to rethink my faith)
Nope, not even in the Vatican.
And damn..it sure felt good to be “dead”!
Behind this lies the high chancel with the choir ambulatory – one of the finest sanctuaries in the Western world.
The choir stalls have 104 seats making them the largest in Germany. The chancel paintings were added in around 1340.
Above these, you will see the older chancel pillar sculptures of Jesus, Mary and the 12 Apostles.
In addition to the Adoration of the Magi, the entire circle of glass windows in the upper floor of the central nave depicts a further 48 royal figures.
Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar rest here alongside the relics of Saints Felix and Nabor and Saint Gregory of Spoleto.
This impressive work of medieval gold craftsmanship surpasses all other shrines in the Western world in terms of size and grandeur.
The Shrine of the Three Kings measures at 153 cm high, 220 cm long, 110 cm wide and weighs approximately 300 kg(s)!!
The Gero Crucifix hangs in the crucifix chapel and is the oldest remaining large sculpture of the crucified Christ this side of the Alps.
The oldest window in the Cathedral – from around 1260, can still be found in its original position in the Axis Chapel.
The Axis Chapel is also known as the Chapel of the Three Kings and it features topically related scenes from the New and Old Testaments in two parallel rows.
It is a triple-winged altar picture, also known as a Triptych and was painted by Stefan Lochner for the chapel.
This Triptych portrays the city’s saints – the Three Holy Kings, St. Ursula and St. Gereon along with their fellow martyrs.
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